There are few things that please me more than seeing the enemy of my friend get destroyed. Especially sweet, when the team doing the destroying is a 10-point dog, on the road and underestimated.
For most of the season, it seemed as if the Baltimore Ravens were destined to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIV. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been an absolute #BEAST this season; throwing for over 3,100 yards and 36 TDs, Rushing for another 1,200 yards and boasting a league-leading QBR of 86.1, according to ESPN stats. You’d have a hard time achieving these types of stats on Madden playing on Rookie or Pro difficulty. It’s safe to assume Lamar was motivated this season. Whether it was fueled in part by the offseason conversations debating if he is a legitimate NFL Quarterback or a glorified throwing Running Back or last season’s disappointing season-ending playoff loss to LA Chargers, Jackson was clearly on a mission to prove his greatness. And he did, by the benchmark all great players do, he changed the way the game was played.
And this was a big reason why the Titans were considered underdogs and underestimated coming into Saturday evening’s game at M&T Bank Stadium. They weren’t supposed to stand a chance against such a historically great, dominating, team of destiny. Right? Right?
Apparently, no one told that to the Titans, who reminded us of one of the reasons why the NFL product is so appealing; anyone could get beat on any night by any team.